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Are expensive wellies really worth it?

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pickledparsnip Sun 14-Oct-12 11:50:40

Just wondering really. I bought some Dunlop green wellies for about £7 last year and they are bloody fab. I know you're paying for the name with the expensive brands, but are they actually any good?

ScorpionQueen Sun 14-Oct-12 12:10:19

I don't know. In the past couple of years I have tried Asda, South (Littlewoods) and Karrimor (more expensive) and they have all lasted no longer than 6 months. DH was going to get me some Hunters for my birthday but I only want them if they will last.

Where did you get your green ones?

SeveredEdMcDunnough Sun 14-Oct-12 12:12:12

My hunters have lasted a couple of years now. I am lusting after some aigle ones but cannot justify a hundred quid even in the sale!

RVPisnomore Sun 14-Oct-12 12:13:14

I would avoid Hunters as they are IMHO not worth the money now they are made in China and don't last more than a year. They're fashion boots not wellies anymore. I have Town and Country wellies which are great 3 years after I bought them.

morethanyoubargainfor Sun 14-Oct-12 12:14:30

Yes, I have some aigle ones and they are the best. I wear them all day 8 hours plus and they are so comfortable, I wouldn't wear anything else. I walk miles in them.

HorridHeffalumpsWickedWoozles Sun 14-Oct-12 12:17:44

My last pair of Hunters lasted 8 years of hard wear, twice a day at the stables every day, I loved them. They died this year so I'll see how long my new ones last. IMO they are also the most comfortable but I imagine that depends on your own individual shape.

SeveredEdMcDunnough Sun 14-Oct-12 12:18:37

Do they make them abroad now? I got mine in Scats a couple of years ago, they've been brill. I do feel embarrassed at wearing them now though as they are so popular/fashiony.

The Argyll ones I got a bit earlier are also still fine. I think they are made for farming.

Charliefox Sun 14-Oct-12 12:21:29

Hunters are useless and make your feet cold. I have had 2 pairs of Le Chameau. First pair lasted 10 years and were hammered. They also look fabulous and keep your feet super warm. Definitely worth it.

LFCisTarkaDahl Sun 14-Oct-12 12:23:04

Joules carrick mucker in navy - they lace up the front. I've had mine 2 years and work them hard 3 times a week at the allotment. They are fab and warm.

LulaPalooza Sun 14-Oct-12 12:33:03

I have had a pair of Ilse Jacobsen wellies for 4 years now. I bought them in an online sale for about £70 (I think) which at the time made me feel quite queasy.

They get a lot of wear despite me living in London. Festivals, wet weather walks, snow... they're fab, comfortable, warm and still in perfect condition. Best wellies I have ever owned.

crazypaving Sun 14-Oct-12 12:34:30

Another vote for le Chameau. I got some for my birthday last year and they are so warm and comfy in any weather - good alternative to snowboots if it snows

schilke Sun 14-Oct-12 12:36:50

I had some Hunters and they were crap. Now have some Muckboots - think they were about £55. Great for walking dog. Neoprene upper so lovely and warm. Had them 2 years and no signs of wear. Oh and thick soles so my feet are toasty warm.

ArielThePiraticalMermaid Sun 14-Oct-12 12:36:51

A hundred quid for wellies? Are there really people in the world who would spend that?

<shakes head>

Charliefox Sun 14-Oct-12 12:41:51

Yes there are. In fact, mine cost quite a bit more. But when you're outside a lot, in the freezing cold, it makes a huge difference to the comfort factor. Couple that with them lasting 10 years and it's money well worth spending.

ArielThePiraticalMermaid Sun 14-Oct-12 12:45:04

I am outside a lot in the freezing cold. More than most I'd say. But I still think that kind of spend is bonkers.

Oh well, each to their own smile

chipstick10 Sun 14-Oct-12 17:51:10

I literally just ordered a pair of le chamaeu yesterday. Reviewed and reviewed them and it seems they are the best. Cannot wait to see what all the fuss is about

CointreauVersial Sun 14-Oct-12 19:45:57

It depends very much how much time you spend in your wellies. I use mine for occasional gardening and the odd snowy walk (i.e. not much).

Which is why my green Dunlops (which also cost £7 or thereabouts) are now over 20 years old. grin

Mirage Sun 14-Oct-12 21:15:37

I bought some Le Chameau wellies last week and they are sooo comfortable.I looked up the price when I got home and the RRP was £350!shock I paid........£20.

runmumrun Sun 14-Oct-12 21:49:27

Another vote for Muck boots, if you suffer with cold feet they will become your best friend on winter walks. I bought some red hunters a years or so back that split within a year. DH's dunlops have lasted him years, but then he walks the dog a lot less than i do !

pickledparsnip Sun 14-Oct-12 22:03:21

ScorpionQueen I live down in Cornwall, so got mine in Trago Mills. Think they are a similar price on Amazon though.

Wolfiefan Sun 14-Oct-12 22:05:47

Ariat were the only wellies to fit my calves. Love 'em!

pickledparsnip Sun 14-Oct-12 22:05:48

I'm in my wellies a lot. I go out for walks most days whatever the weather, and the Dunlops have been fab.

I'd rather like to try on a pair of expensive wellies though, and see if I'm missing out on something.

HalfSpamHalfBrisket Sun 14-Oct-12 22:06:06

Well I've recently got a pair of neoprene lined Aigles for £65 off Amazon - will report back after a winter of Forest School sessions!

bedmonster Sun 14-Oct-12 23:30:00

My (rather idiotic at times) DP once spent £250 on a pair of Le Chemau wellies and has never worn them as they apparently too tight around the calves. They are still in the box in the loft 2 years on. I on the other hand have a cheap £15 pair from the garden centre - which I have worn hundreds of times. They aren't particularly warm if worn paddling in rivers or by the sea but perfect for the school run and things. Wouldn't get a pair of Cunters, they've had the Burberry effect IMO!

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